Need help figuring out what to do for New Year's? Whether you're flying solo, hanging with friends or have the little ones in tow, we've got plenty of great things to do for New Year's Eve and day, from a midday kids' celebration and ice skating to costume parties and off-color comedy shows. Here, our list of the best New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles.
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New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles
Getting out for New Year’s Eve can become one of the priciest dates of the year—especially if you have to pony up for a babysitter. But Grand Park (most well-known for its food truck gatherings, lunchtime yoga sessions and summertime concerts) promises to be one of the most family-friendly—and affordable—NYE destinations in the city for the fourth year in a row. Flanked by the Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this three-block greenspace will be covered in culture, including City Hall, which will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3-D projections and a countdown. Crowds will rock steady to a soundtrack of DJ-driven tunes and live bands, and count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.Read more
Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends. Nearly 30 dance acts invade San Bernardino's NOS Events Center for this year-end fest, which has now expanded to two nights. A-Trak, Baauer, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Zedd, Diplo and more top this year's lineup.Book now Read more
This cute kid celebration mimics a grown-up New Year's Eve fete but counts down to a balloon drop at noon rather than midnight. Little ones can make party hats and noise makers together beforehand, dance to live music and sip on sparkling cider to welcome in the "noon" year.Read more
No need to camp out in the cold to see the 128th annual Rose Parade firsthand this New Year's Day. Instead, watch the L.A. tradition from home and mosey on over to Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street in Pasadena to view the floats post-parade. Once the crowds have died down, view the floats close up. The stunning float showcase is a unique opportunity to see the intricate floral handiwork in person, from just a few feet away.Book now Read more
If steep VIP fees or formal galas make you want to stay home, then Bootie is your best bet. This party doesn’t charge a giant cover or encourage dressing to the nines for the night. Instead, it embraces the true spirit of NYE (it’s messy!) by welcoming an unpretentious crowd to let their hair down, dance their faces off and playfully twerk and sing to mash-ups galore. And to further inspire reluctant travelers to get off the couch and into its playful world, Bootie L.A. will gift its famous mash-up mixtape to the first 300 people who get the party started.Book now Read more
Ring in 2017 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21-and-over party has something for everyone on New Year's Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances (think: dueling pianos, '80s tribute bands, jazz and more) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere—they've got you covered. When the clock strikes midnight, share a New Year's kiss under a dazzling fireworks display over the Pacific Ocean—cheesy, we know, but still romantic. General admission tickets include all on-board entertainment and party favors (food and drink are not included). VIP tickets give you access to VIP decks as well as three complimentary cocktails.Book now Read more
Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in Downtown's 1930s art deco marvel, Union Station. The Main Concourse serves as the decadent celebration's backdrop, featuring live DJ sets and jazz, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and Champagne. The fabulously dressed 21+ crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required. Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball! See our photos from Prohibition New Year's Eve 2015.Book now Read more
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Figuring out what to do for New Year's Eve in Los Angeles can be a challenge—should it be a black-tie affair? A laid-back shindig? A dance-til-morning marathon with music to match? To help suss out where you want to be when the ball drops, we've put together a list of the city's best events—from lavish and pricey to casual and, yes, free. Here, the best New Year's Eve parties in L.A.Read more